GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Christmas tree was lighted Friday night, and though the city couldn’t host its usual party, WOOD TV8 brought the spectacle to you.
In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, people were not permitted to gather in Rosa Parks Circle to see the tree lighting, though it will of course be visible to passersby throughout the holiday season.
Grand Rapids’ tree, which arrived downtown last week, is a 40-foot concolor fir. It came from Dutchman Tree Farms about 100 miles away in Manton, north of Cadillac. It is adorned with 40,000 lights.
The city will have a special holiday-related video on its social media pages Saturday, showing off the skills of Grand Rapids’ artists and kids.
WOOD TV8 planned special programming to bring the tree lighting into your home. Among the features was a special virtual performance from the Grand Rapids Symphony. Since in-person concerts are not possible this year, the Grand Rapids Symphony is making its annual Holiday Pops program available on demand online between Friday and Jan. 2. Tickets for the virtual performance can be purchased online.
Also preceding the tree lighting, News 8 reported on what West Michigan Christmas tree farmers are seeing this year, spoke with Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and shared the latest on the effort to help others this holiday season through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
Below, watch the special holiday broadcast, including the tree lighting, that aired on News 8 at 5:30 p.m. on Dec.4, 2020.